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Embark on an unforgettable odyssey, tracing the path from the vibrant heart of Johannesburg to the tranquil haven of Pafuri in the northern reaches of Kruger National Park. It’s not just a journey; it’s a voyage of discovery, where every mile tells a story of South Africa’s rich tapestry of landscapes, cultures, and wildlife.

Our adventure begins as we leave the hustle and bustle behind, setting our compass northeast towards Polokwane, gateway to the wonders of Limpopo province. But this isn’t just about reaching a destination; it’s about savouring the journey. Along the way, marvel at dramatic mountains, bush clad hillsides and sweeping bushveld. Keep your eyes peeled for wheeling birds of prey and occasional glimpses of the wildlife that calls this land home.

As we traverse the flowing roads towards Pafuri, the landscape undergoes a breathtaking transformation. Rolling hills give way to sweeping plains, and the majestic silhouette of the Soutpansberg mountain range paints the horizon. After cresting the pass over the mountains take a moment to pause at the spectacular Hendrik Verwoerd tunnels, where an age-old tradition beckons: the challenge of holding your breath until daylight breaks on the other side.

Along the final stretch towards Pafuri Gate marvel at orange bejewelled citrus plantations, giant baobab trees and small colourful villages, teeming with wheelbarrows, goats and donkeys. At the gateway to Makuleke Contract Park, the real adventure begins. Let your senses come alive as you descend from Mopane wooded hillsides to the floodplains below, where every curve of the road holds the promise of an encounter with Africa’s iconic wildlife.

But before you hit the road, a word of advice: plan your journey with care. Ensure your vehicle is primed for the adventure ahead, leave early, take time to relish the roadside vistas and refuel your spirit at rest stops. And remember, the journey is as important as the destination, so pack your sense of wonder and set your sights on the path to Pafuri. Let the spirit of adventure be your guide as you embark on a journey that will linger in your heart long after you’ve made your RETURN.